Asif Khan has designed 'Darkest Building on Earth' pavilion for Winter Olympics 2018

Exterior view. 'Darkest Building on Earth' pavilion by Asif Khan. Photograph © Luke Hayes
07/02/2018
Asif Khan has designed 'Darkest Building on Earth' pavilion for Winter Olympics 2018
[PyeongChang - Olympic Winter Games park] South Korea
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Exterior view. 'Darkest Building on Earth' pavilion by Asif Khan. Photograph © Luke Hayes
Asif Khan's Vantablack pavilion, the world's first super-black building, will open at the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony on 9 February 2018.
Asif Khan has unveiled a pavilion at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, described as the "darkest building on earth". The Olympic pavilion is entirely coated with Vantablack VBx2 and illuminated by thousands of tiny white light rods. These rods extend from the structure's parabolic super-black facade and create the illusion of a field of stars suspended in space. Looking at the building will be the closest experience to looking into space from a point on Earth.

Asif Khan spray-painted the exterior of the 35x35m temporary structure, 10-metre-high, with Vantablack VBx2, a substance that absorbs over 99 per cent of light hitting its surface.

Because Vantablack VBx2 absorbs 99% of light, it is hard for the human eye to make out any depth because no light is reflected back to the viewer. In the absence of color, light and depth, a viewer's perception of space is transformed from every viewing angle. A 3D buildin...read more
Architects
Asif Khan
Collaborators
Interactive engineer.- iart.
Façade coating.- Surrey NanoSystems. Corian fabrication.- Cutting Edge. Structural engineer.- AKT II. Environmental engineer.- Atelier Ten. Environmental sound.- Why Do Birds?
Client
Hyundai Motor Company
Main Contractor
Hyundai Engineering
Interior contractor
GL
Local architect
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KHAN

Asif Khan (born 1979, London) founded his architecture practice in 2007. The studio works internationally on projects ranging from cultural buildings to houses, temporary pavilions, exhibitions and installations. Notable projects include the ‘MegaFaces’ pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Coca-Cola Beatbox Pavilion at London 2012 Olympics and most ...read more